Archives for Inspiration
How can we be creative in our life, whether or not we choose to pursue a career in the arts? "Creative living is about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear." That is one of the main ideas in the teachings of Elizabeth Gilbert - one she addresses in her book on creativity: "Big Magic."
"I don't see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live my life in an open way - artistically." Lady Gaga How do attitudes we hold about ourselves and the world impact our creative thinking? Can we change those attitudes to be more creative? In her research publications and book The Creativity Challenge, KH Kim describes a model and series of concepts for helping children and adults be more creative and productive.
"The worst crime you can commit is telling the audience something they already know." Aaron Sorkin He also comments in the video below: "You should be evangelical about Aristotle's Poetics. If there is something wrong with your script, that is because you broke one of those rules."
Many creative people may find solitude unappealing, even threatening. But it can help us engage with our shadow self and reveal creative ideas. Lena Dunham, actress, writer, producer, and director of the HBO series "Girls", comments about solitude:
How do we engage with life to be actively creative, but not overwhelmed by circumstances or inner challenges? How do artists think about using creative talents? Julia Cameron first published her acclaimed book on the creative life "The Artist's Way" in 1992, and has written many other non-fiction titles, short stories and essays, as well as novels, plays, musicals, and screenplays. A teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer and journalist, she clearly knows how to be creative and productive.
The photo is food writer and TV show host Nigella Lawson in her London library. She is author of multiple books and, apparently, a dedicated reader. What can we do to be more engaged and prolific in our creative thinking and work? Author and mentor Julia McCutchen shares a number of ideas in her article below.
Creativity is one of the most joyful and meaningful parts of being alive. And for many people, creative expression is not so much a choice as a spiritual necessity. But creative work can be emotionally challenging and stressful, and we need to renew and reboot to keep pursuing excellence.
Does being calm or happy help us be creative? Does feeling sad or anxious always inhibit creative thinking? Some researchers find that "mixing together both positive and negative emotions can help facilitate creativity" - as noted in the book "Wired to Create" - more on that below. One example of a creative person with an emotionally complex life is humanitarian, actor and author Ashley Judd, who is also a United Nations / UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.
Do you get creative ideas in the shower? Do you have any routines or schedules to help encourage your creative thinking and work? Many artists do. But E. B. White (Stuart Little; Charlotte's Web, among other titles) cautioned: "A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper." Quoted in her Brain Pickings post The Daily Routines of Great Writers by Maria Popova. She comments in a related post: "The notion that if only we could replicate the routines of great minds, we’d be able to reverse-engineer their genius is, of course, an absurd one — yet an alluring one nonetheless."
In his book “Literature and the Brain,” Professor Norman N. Holland details how we may respond so deeply in both creating and experiencing literature – novels, plays, poems, tv and movies – and the neuropsychology underlying our often intense engagement with stories and characters. Holland comments on one primal story that so many of us enjoy: